Everyday Leaders, Extraordinary Insights

There is no shortage of articles on the internet sharing various expert opinions about leadership. One thing I’ve learned as I spend time coaching individuals from our leadership courses is that there are plenty of smart people out there in the trenches who’ve learned a thing or two about leadership as well.  Early last year I wrote an article about 15 leadership insights our students shared during our coaching sessions.…

Solving Leadership Challenges in a Global Virtual Team

This week’s guest blogger is a recent graduate of our Leadership Excellence Course in Indianapolis.  It is my pleasure to welcome Sewa Bhatt to these pages.  Sewa is an IT manager for a global pharmaceutical company.  She is a certified project management professional and leads a large diverse global team dedicated to furthering patient safety.  More projects are now using a geographically dispersed workforce and in many companies working with…

Employee Engagement? Start with Leadership Engagement

Employee engagement is certainly a hot topic in companies these days, having a direct effect as it does on organizational success, employee retention and the bottom line. Unfortunately, I still see and hear too many instances of employees “checking out” and disengaging from work. The most common thread I see? Disengaged leadership, especially at the level of front line managers or project/team leads.  People tend to disengage when they have…

Personal Leadership Philosophy, U. S. Marine Style

Julia, a recent graduate of our Leadership Excellence Course, sent a note to her classmates about a week after class, “… I couldn’t resist sharing what was passed to us today in an e-mail from the new Commandant of the Marine Corps. Sure looks like a leadership philosophy to me.  We have never received anything like this before…” Attached to the email was a memo, excerpted here, from General Robert Neller,…

In a toxic work culture? Three thoughts on what to do.

Our leadership students come from many different companies.  Most come from companies with great cultures that take an active interest in their employees and develop them into engaged individuals with a vested interest in organizational success. Others…not so much.  I’ve had a number of students who, unfortunately, worked in environments that could best be described as toxic.  These environments have cultures that foster unethical or toxic behavior; as a result,…